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Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction: Emotional Longevity: Toward a New Definition of Health PART I: Thoughts and Actions 1: Expectations, Explanations, and Beliefs Chapter 1: Expectations and Explanations Chapter 2: Is Optimism Always Good? Is Pessimism Always Bad? Chapter 3: The Power of Beliefs and Illusions PART II: Thoughts and Actions 2: Concealing and Revealing Trauma Chapter 4: Silence, Secrets, and Lies: The High Price of Concealment and Avoidance Chapter 5: Emotional Disclosure: The Remarkable Benefits of Opening Up PART III: Environment and Relationships: Social Immunity Chapter 6: Healing Bonds Chapter 7: Mixed Blessings: The Complexity of Social Relationships PART IV: Personal Achievement and Equality: Learning, Earning, and Surviving Chapter 8: Beyond Obelisks: The Mystery of the Gradient Chapter 9: Beyond Individual Achievement: Inequality and Race PART V: Faith and Meaning: Existential, Religious, and Spiritual Dimensions of Health Chapter 10: From Trauma to Meaning Chapter 11: The Health Benefits of Finding Meaning Chapter 12: Faith, Meaning, and Longevity PRRT VI: Connections-to Emotions, to the Future Chapter 13: Emotional Connections Chapter 14: Emotions as "Connective Tissue" Chapter 15: Connecting to the Future Notes Bibliography IndexLibrary of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Longevity, Emotions, Aging Prevention